Closest comet in 246 years arrives March 22nd 2016…

Comet P/2016 BA14 (Pan-STARRS) will safely pass Earth on March 22,2016, passing even closer than comet 252P. Comet P/2016 BA14 flyby will be at just 2,199,933 miles (3.5 million km) or about 9 lunar distances, which is very close for a comet. In fact, this comet – P/2016 BA14 – will set a record as the third-closest known comet to pass our planet in recorded history…

Bottom line: Two comets in similar orbits will pass Earth safely in late March. One of them – comet P/2016 BA14 – will set a record as the third-closest comet to Earth in recorded history.

More at source: http://earthsky.org/space/twin-comets-approach-closely-in-march

Although comet P/2016 BA14 should be very dim because it will be far from the Sun, advanced amateurs may capture the celestial visitor. This illustration shows the position of the comet shortly after sunset on March 22,2016. Illustration by Eddie Irizarry using Stellarium.
Because it’ll be far from the sun, comet P/2016 BA14 will likely be very dim. But advanced amateur astronomers might still capture the celestial visitor. This illustration shows the position of the comet shortly after sunset on March 22, 2016. Illustration by Eddie Irizarry using Stellarium.

This new photo shows comet 252P/LINEAR on March 2 (left) and small comet P/2016 BA14 on March 1 (right). The twin comets were captured using a 12

This new photo shows comet 252P/LINEAR on March 2 (left) and small comet P/2016 BA14 on March 1 (right). The twin comets were captured using a 12″ diameter telescope by Efraín Morales of the Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe.

 

Photo of comet P/2016 BA14 by Steven M. Tilley using the iTelescope.net Observatory in Siding Spring, Australia. ( ©Steven M. Tilley, Used with permission )
Photo of comet P/2016 BA14 by Steven M. Tilley using the iTelescope.net Observatory in Siding Spring, Australia. Copyright Steven M. Tilley. Used with permission.
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